What is the Freedom Of Information Act?
The Freedom of Information Act was passed in 2000 and encourages public authorities to proactively publish as much information as possible. Under the Act, we have two key responsibilities:
- To adopt a publication scheme which outlines information we routinely make available and ensure that information is published in accordance with the scheme.
- Respond to requests for Information
What is a Publication Scheme?
The Publication Scheme is intended to promote a culture of openness by encouraging the proactive publication of material held by the authority. The purpose of the Scheme is to make sure that a significant amount of information is easily available without the need for individuals to make specific requests.
A Publication Scheme is a guide for the public regarding the information that the Council publishes. It must:
- Specify the types of information available from the Council;
- the manner in which the information is available, for example, how the information can be obtained; and the format in which the information is published
- whether the material is available for free or if a fee is charged for the information.
How the Publication Scheme is organised
Information is categorized into several classes and will cover:
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What our priorities are and how we are doing
- How we make decisions
- Our policies and procedures
- Lists and registers
- The services we offer
Please follow the links to information on the
Strategic Documents page. If you require information not currently shown please contact us at The Town Hall. 01993 704379